You’ve heard of the importance of location, location, location when searching for a home. But have you thought about what’s most important in owning one?

You need a maintenance plan!
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Unless you plan on hiring a team of housekeepers and gardeners, the best plan for handling home maintenance is to create an accurate list of everything that will need to be done, and separate it by how frequently the jobs must be completed.

Then, remember to check your lists and do it!

Monthly, you should check these items:

  • HVAC filters and screens. Clean as necessary. Use a vacuum cleaner hose to clear some of the buildup in the vents.
  • Caulking around the tubs and shower. Caulk all breaks as needed. Treat mold or mildew if present.
  • Toilet reservoir for mildew. If present, drain it, disinfect it, and then refill it.
  • Faucets and shower heads for lime or soap scum buildup. If there is buildup, remove the shower head and soak in vinegar; for the faucet, spray vinegar on it. Apply until all buildup is removed.
  • The foundation of the house by taking a walk around while keeping an eye out for cracks. Also keep an eye out for carpenter ant and termite activity.
  • Circuit breakers and all wiring. Look for exposed or damaged wires. If repair or replacement is needed, consult a professional electrician.

Seasonally, you should inspect:

  • Gutters and drainage ways and clear any debris.
  • The roof to see if there has been any damage from rain, wind, snow or other harsh weather.
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to see if they are properly functioning or need a new battery.
  • Gates and fences for paint damage and leaning fence posts. Inspect to see if there is a need for a new coat of paint or a water seal.
  • Cracks on the driveway and garage floor; seal them if necessary.
  • Locks on doors and windows are functioning, and check to see if they open and close properly.
  • Decks and patios for damage. Repair as needed. Determine if another coat of water sealer is needed.
  • Household appliances to see if they need any care or replacement.

For a more detailed checklist you may want to print and use at your own home, visit the Healthy Housing Checklist developed by the Center for Healthy Housing.

Source: National Center for Healthy Housing.

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